by Bobby Bennett Jr. Tue, 2023-09-12 14:03
When you’re a hired driver, it’s essential to stay focused on the task at hand and not let minor bumps in the road divert your attention elsewhere.
For instance, when you are making a run and a competitor comes into your lane and crashes your brand-new car, you stay focused. It’s just a bump in the road.
Or, when you are working your way to the final round of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, and a brake pressure sensor breaks, sending your car off the racing surface at the end of the track and leaving uncertainty as to whether you will have to go to a back-up car, it’s no cause for concern. It’s merely a bump in the road.
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2023-09-12 13:24
Every year, NHRA classes add new drivers, and the Pro classes are no exception.
In 2024,a new face in the Pro Stock category will be Sienna Wildgust.
By Susan Wade Tue, 2023-09-12 13:05
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2023-09-11 19:30
Passion. It’s all about how you display it.
And for Funny Car racer Blake Alexander, it was on full display at the NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Moments after scoring an exhilarating and hard-fought win, he put it on full display without a corporate correctness care in the world.
Then, the television crew shoved a microphone in his face.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Sat, 2023-09-09 05:41
Drag racing is alive and well, and there’s no finer example than the recently completed Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The television coverage of the event drew an impressive viewership of nearly 2.1 million for its original airing on Fox. This marked the largest audience for this event on the Fox networks since 2017, highlighting the monumental nature of the occasion.
Viewership remained strong throughout the NHRA broadcasts on Fox, with Sunday’s airing of the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout and Monday’s eliminations.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Sat, 2023-09-09 05:37
Summit Racing Equipment has reaffirmed its commitment to the World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA) and its sportsman racing programs for the upcoming year. The WDRA announced the renewal of its partnership with Summit Racing, with the Summit Sportsman Drag Racing Series (SSDRS) set to be the focal point of the organization's bracket racing initiatives at WDRA member tracks throughout 2024. The highly anticipated 2024 WDRA Summit World Championships will be hosted by Montgomery International Dragway in the upcoming season.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Fri, 2023-09-08 12:16
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2023-09-08 12:00
Travis Shumake has long sought to chart his own path in drag racing.
The son of legendary Funny Car racer Tripp Shumake recently took a significant step in that direction as he began the licensing process behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster on the Tuesday following the NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Shumake, who acquired his Top Fuel dragster, affectionately named "Judith Light," in the spring of 2023, made three runs down the Indianapolis Raceway Park track.
During the session, Shumake gradually improved his performance. His first pass covered nearly 200 feet, while the second reached around the 400-foot mark before tire smoke forced him to shut off the car. On his third attempt, Shumake executed a planned 600-foot shut off, clocking in at an impressive 3.939 seconds and 254.90 mph. Not only did this run count towards Shumake's Top Fuel license, but it also surpassed his previous best pass of 3.967 seconds in a nitro Funny Car.
by Bobby Bennett Jr.; Photos by Roger Richards, NHRA Thu, 2023-09-07 19:46
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme sometimes had a love/hate relationship with the media as a driver. But, almost three decades since he walked away from driving, he's since embraced the pen-and-mic club.
Monday, after the crowds had dispersed at Indianapolis Raceway Park, a sentimental Prudhomme stood on the same starting line where he had won seven times. He looked off into the distance.
As a reporter approached him, Prudhomme broke his stare and greeted him like a long-lost friend. During his racing days, Prudhomme would have likely said, "Call me on the effing phone next week."
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Thu, 2023-09-07 19:19
Kyle Koretsky is set to make a high-speed entrance into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at Maple Grove Raceway as he joins forces with Michael Waltrip Brewing Company. The partnership, announced today by Koretsky alongside MWB's CEO/President Bryan Sperber and Chief Fun Officer Michael Waltrip, will kick off at the upcoming Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, followed by the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals later this month.